Feature | Jan 15 2016

Eddie Chambers – I only want fights of substance now

Philadelphian heavyweight Eddie Chambers talks to Danny Flexen about Tyson Fury and his family, Al Haymon and his future plans
Eddie Chambers
Eddie-Chambers  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

EDDIE CHAMBERS has seen and done pretty much everything as a professional boxer during his 15-year, 46-fight career. He’s fought in both the cruiser and heavyweight divisions, competed – and won – in four countries, challenged for a world title and even spent a recent period basing himself under Peter Fury in England. Now, aged 33, Philadelphia’s Chambers has returned home to be advised by man of the moment, Al Haymon. Eddie Chambers is a polite, courteous guy, but one who realises he has little time to waste.

“Honestly, I’m just trying to get a few fights now,” Chambers told Boxing News. “My first fight back home was on September 18 [a three-round stoppage of trialhorse Galen Brown] and it’s already January; I’m looking to get back in there as soon as possible. It’s been a while and even the fight I had was like a comeback fight. I only want fights of substance that will put me back in big picture. There are guys looking for a ‘name’ to step in with, it might be good for them but not for me; I want meaningful fights that will lead to a world title, to set myself up for retirement.”

Eddie Chambers loved his time in the UK, which encompassed five victories in a busy 2014, working under Peter Fury and training alongside fellow heavyweights, Tyson Fury – who recently deposed one of Eddie’s conquerors, Wladimir Klitschko, as world heavyweight champion – and prospects Hughie Fury – Peter’s son, Tyson’s cousin – and David Allen. The dual lure of home and Haymon’s influence proved irresistible, however.